About the Group

Dianne Newman - Founder of Absolutely LeglessAbsolutely Legless was started in 1997 by Dianne Newman, who has competed in numerous world championships, and taught pupils from across the globe. She was keen to create a group which would offer something for people of all ages and backgrounds, which is apparent in the diverse range of members.

Whether you are an adult beginner who loves the Irish traditional culture, or an established competitive dancer, there is a place for you in the group.

Inspired by the Irish hard and soft shoe traditions, Absolutely Legless perform original dances in a relaxed and informal manner while remaining faithful to their roots. The dancers combine the grace of the soft shoes with the power and rhythmic precision of the hard shoes to provide a truly exhilarating experience.

This approach is reflected in the music from the band, which seamlessly weaves the evocative melodies and driving rhythms of Irish dance music. The unique line-up of fiddles, flutes and guitar play new arrangements of traditional and original airs, jigs and reels.

This combination of the energy of the dancers and Celtic rhythms of the band entertains audiences every time and Absolutely Legless are well-received wherever they appear.

The group continue to entertain audiences both in the UK, Europe and beyond, and recent appearances have included international festivals in France and Spain.  The group are also favourites at the Edinburgh International Fringe.

Whether it is the fast moving steps, the lilting lyrics, or the foot tapping music that you enjoy, you will be guaranteed an evening full of traditional Irish entertainment.


Saturday 19th March 2022
Theatre Show in the Fraser Centre, Tranent - 7:00pm-8:00pm

Sunday 20th March 2022
Oblo Bar, Eyenouth - 3:00pm

10th-15th August 2022
Festival de Montoire

Saturday 27th August 2022
Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Acoustic Music Centre

Sunday 28th August 2022
Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Acoustic Music Centre